Serving country a family tradition

Courtesy photos: Nick Gonzales
From left, sons Major Daniel Gonzales, Major Alex Gonzales, Lt. Col. Nick Gonzales and Lt. Victor Gonzales are pictured with their father, Sgt. Major Celestino Gonzales in the center.

By Alisa Boswell PNT Managing editor It’s not often one finds one family with over 125 years of combined military service, but the Gonzales family is one such legacy. After growing up in San Jon, Ruperto “Bob” Gonzales started the family’s legacy by joining the U.S. Army in 1943. “My grandfather was very patriotic,” […]

Commissioners OK a $170,000 software system

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Quay County commissioners approved an upgrade Monday of the Tyler Software system used by the County Treasurer’s and Assessor’s offices. The current system is not going to receive an update from Tyler Systems and both the Treasurer’s and Assessor’s office will be unable to submit property tax collection file […]

Plea taken in 2011 double murder

Muziwokuthula Madonda

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer After four years of court proceedings that included a retracted plea and suppressed confession, Muziwokuthula Madonda pleaded no-contest Tuesday  to second-degree murder in the deaths of two Tucumcari men. Madonda, a South Africa native, entered the pleas for the March 24, 2011, slayings of Gabriel Baca, 37, and Bobby […]

Art events planned

Staff report The Eastern New Mexico Art Space will host a poetry and spoken word open microphone event and creative writing workshop this weekend in Tucumcari. On Friday, seven guest poets from the New Mexico State Poetry Society will join local writers in reading their works at the open mic event 6:30 p.m., Friday at […]

Menus — Nov. 11

The following are the menus for the senior centers and schools in Quay County for Nov. 12 – Nov. 18. Senior centers Coffee, tea and milk served daily Thursday Beef stew, cucumber and onion salad, cornbread, strawberry shortcake, vanilla ice cream Friday Lemon baked chicken, rice, spinach salad, whole wheat roll, applesauce, yogurt with peaches […]

What’s Happening — Nov. 11

Thursday City Commission Work Session: 5 p.m., City Hall City Commission: 6 p.m., City Hall Wednesday Tucumcari/Quay Regional Emergency Communication Board: 10 a.m., City Hall Nov. 19 Housing Authority Board: 5 p.m., City Hall City Commission: 6 p.m., City Hall Nov. 23 Quay County Commission: 9 a.m., Quay County Courthouse Library Advisory Board: 5:15 p.m., […]

Helena Rodriguez: Hispanic/Chicano writers part of our history

By Helena Rodriguez Guest Columnist I wrote recently about famed writer Rudolfo Anaya. It’s ashamed to call him a “New Mexico writer.” He’s a nationally known Hispanic writer. He broke the regional borders. I wonder when historical borders will be broken for Hispanics within our borders. I’m not talking about those born on the other […]

Police Blotter/Jail Log — Nov. 11

The following is a sampling of calls received by the central dispatch office for Quay County, based at the Tucumcari Police Department. Nov. 2 • 4:54 p.m., an alarm was reported at a fuel station on East U.S. Highway 54. An officer advised all was OK. • 11:17 a.m., a man walked into the Police […]

Mesalands gets a portion of $1.8 million grant

Staff Report Mesalands Community College is set to receive a portion of a $1.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation designed for the expansion of research opportunities to students. The grant was awarded to the Community College Undergraduate Research Initiative, a project launched by Finger Lakes Community College in upstate New York. Mesalands Community […]

Local hospice receives donation

Tucum Sams President, Sue Tillman, gives Mary
Jimenez of Helping Hands Hospice a check for
$820.12 to help fund their patient care.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer After 22 years of touring the country via recreational vehicle and raising funds for local organizations the Tucum Sams RV group closed its charter Tuesday with one final donation to the Helping Hands Hospice in Tucumcari. Sue Tillman, president of the Tucum Sams RV group, presented a check for […]